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Colorado Edition: Back And Forth

Scott Franz
Capitol Coverage
Colorado Democrats abandoned a paid family leave proposal of their own this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and concerns about the program from the business community. A proposal at the ballot box would create a more expansive benefit program than the one debated by lawmakers in recent years.

Today on Colorado Edition: we hear from the two candidates on the ballot for the June 30 Democratic primary. We’ll also get advice on how to talk to children about racism. Plus, we’ll hear from artists using their work to promote change, and we’ll hear a conversation about religious gatherings under new state guidance.

Voter Guide: Colorado’s June Democratic Primary

Ballots for Colorado’s June 30 primary are arriving mailboxes this week. In the U.S. Senate race, Democrats are choosing between John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff. The winner will take on Republican Senator Cory Gardner in November. We spoke to both candidates to get their stance on a variety of issues.

How To Talk To Children About Racism

To get advice on how to talk to children about racism, we spoke with Dr. Brandi Freeman. She is a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado and director of diversity and inclusion for the department of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  


Artists Speak With Their Work

George Floyd was laid to rest in Houston on Tuesday. Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck while he was handcuffed. His death has sparked a worldwide movement against police brutality and racism. Some are using protests and marches to spread the word. In Denver, some artists are using this time to speak with their work. KUNC arts reporter Stacy Nick has more.

The Latest Guidance On Religious Gatherings

Colorado public health officials have issued guidance on how places of worship can begin to re-open, in a way that would limit the spread of COVID-19. To get more information on what this will look like, Erin O’Toole spoke with Reverend Amanda Henderson, the executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado.


Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • “A Rush of Clear Water” by Glacier Quartet - Araby
  • "Only Lonesome" by Calumet

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.